Break-dancing at the Metropol Parasol, Sevilla

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go up Sevilla’s Metropol Parasol in the midday sun; we went up in the evening, when it was cooler, and the city’s lights were on, and we could enjoy the night views and the soothing breezes.

The Parasol is the most extraordinary living sculpture, a vast structure of latticed timber that hovers over the Plaza de la Encarnation like an alien spaceship. A kind of a boardwalk winds and climbs its way around the top, several stories above the sidewalk, so that you find yourself level with the spires and turrets of the neighbouring cathedral, and looking back down into the square with a few tables where people are quietly enjoying a drink and some tapas.

Before we went up, by escalator and lift, I photographed these break-dancers, whirling like dervishes in the glow of the spaceship.

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